Book Review: The Fox Petition by Jennifer Maiden

This book of poetry invites the reader to think about issues of diversity and ‘the other’, by discussing recent issues in politics and highlighting the need to discuss them. As an issue that is becoming more prominent, diversity is something I find myself thinking about as a reader and writer, wondering how we can include more diversity in literature. It ...

Toni Jordan on writing a page-turner

Toni Jordan's debut novel, the international best-seller Addition, was chosen for the Richard and Judy Bookclub and longlisted for the Miles Franklin award. She is also the author of Fall Girl, which has been optioned for film, and Nine Days, which was awarded Best Fiction at the 2012 Indie Awards and was named by Kirkus Review in the Top 10 ...

What We’re Reading: February 2016

Let's face it: most people's summer holidays revolve largely around eating, and as the great C. S. Lewis once said, 'Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably'. So it's no surprise that we devoured plenty of delicious books as well as festive food over the holiday period! Here's a peek at what's been gracing our bookshelves, beach towels, and ...

Writing On Our Calendar

It's time to crack out those freshly purchased planners and fill them literary events! As well as our own workshops and courses, here's what's on our calendars for February. With everything from book launches to picnics, there's bound to be something to suit everybody. Why not jump-start your creativity this year by immersing yourself our city's writing circles? 1 February – Story Club ...

Felicity Castagna on the Power of Short Stories

Felicity Castagna is the author of the short story collection Small Indiscretions: Stories of Travel in Asia (Transit Lounge, 2011) and The Incredible Here and Now (Giramondo, September 2013), which won the Prime Minister's Literature Award for Young Adult Fiction in 2015. She has also edited several short story collections, her most recent being On Western Sydney. Find out more ...

Mark Dapin shares his secrets for rich historical detail

Mark Dapin is the author of The Nashos' War, a highly acclaimed history of the Vietnam-era national service scheme in Australia. He is also editor of the Penguin Book of Australian War Writing and From the Trenches: the Best ANZAC Writing of World War One (Penguin). Mark is a PhD candidate in history at UNSW@ADFA. Mark is also a well ...

What We’re Reading: December 2015

The air is fragrant and the nights are hot, but screw summer love - bring on summer reads! Crack your books in the sun, get some sand in the spine and ice cream on your pages. Here's what NSWWC staff have been reading... Ashley Kalagian Blunt, Program Officer This month I've spent equal amounts of time cringing and laughing at The Family Law. I ...

Writing On Our Calendar

The Jacarandas are blooming and things are heating up as the year is coming to a close! There are still literary events all around town. There’s Christmas tales, poetry in park gazebos and train rides across India! Looking to the New Year we have our Playwriting Festival on 19 March. We're looking for directors, producers and actors to sign up for ...

Book Review: To the Islands by Randolph Stow

Patrick White won the inaugural Miles Franklin Literary Award in 1957 for Voss. A year later Randolph Stow won the award for To the Islands. He was 22 years of age and had already published two novels, A Haunted Land (1956) and The Bystander (1957) and a collection of award winning poems, Act One (1957). In a recent 702 ABC Sydney ...

Candice Fox on Writing Crime

Candice Fox is a crime fiction author and creative writing teacher. Her first novel, Hades, launched the Bennett/Archer series. Hades won the Ned Kelly Award for best debut in 2014, and Eden, the sequel, was published later that year. What makes a great crime novel? How do you avoid slipping into the clichés of the genre? Your work must be, at ...

What We’re Reading November

Here at NSW Writers’ Centre we’re not just all about writing – we’re also about reading! Reading is how writers are born, it’s how they hone their craft, it’s what happens when the writing’s done. You can’t have one without the other. Here's our latest instalment in this ongoing series of posts, this month we are enjoying literary journals, thrillers, ...

Dianne Blacklock on Writing Romance

You're the author of a staggering nine novels of woman's contemporary fiction. Did you choose this genre or did it choose you? Hm, maybe it was a bit of both? I hadn't heard of such a thing as 'women's fiction' when I first met with a publisher. She encouraged me with the old chestnut 'write what you know', and what I ...

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